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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Renting GPL software
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:06:46 +0000
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"Jon Grant" <address@hidden> wrote:
> [...] I have a ltd
> company I work through with clients. I'm not aware of the details of a
> coop, but I presume it is like all being directors and sharing the
> profit after a lower base salary.

"Assumption is the mother of all..." (well, you can complete the movie
quote yourself if you don't mind the swearing.)

Fair profit-sharing is part of a cooperative, but it's not only about
money.  Cooperators should also consider the effects on their people
and the wider community.  "Co-operatives are enterprises that put
people at the centre of their business and not capital."

Although the UK is home to some of the largest cooperatives in the
world (see www.global300.coop - the Cooperative Group, Nationwide
Building Society, Royal London, Milk Link, maybe John Lewis), they're
relatively rare in many fields, apparently including software
development.  Is this because *a* co-op is confused with "the" co-op
shops; or because the main cooperative-creation legislation is about a
century old and handled by the FSA instead of Companies House; or
because most Business Links are geared up for sole trading and
partnerships and rarely understand company registration let alone
cooperatives?  More of that and much more speculation on

Hope that explains,
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